So... several months ago I said on Instagram that I would complete the Summer of Basics challenge: to sew or knit or make three self-defined "basic" garments during June, July, and August. I only made two of the pieces I had intended to make, and here's the first one:
This is my first Willamette shirt, designed by Hey June Patterns. I used kind of a wild print for something considered a "basic", but I think it could go with almost any neutral pants, shorts, or skirt. It could be super casual, with a Hawaiian shirt vibe, or even business casual, tucked into the right skirt or pants. It can cover a lot of bases, so I consider it a basic.
The fabric is an organic cotton voile from Cloud 9 fabrics. The design is called Yucca Paloverde. It's a little sheer, so I didn't wear this without a tank top underneath. In the summer, I don't like to have to layer multiple shirts, so I didn't wear this as much as I thought I would. But now that the temps have cooled off, I don't mind wearing layers.
See how it bows out a bit in the lower back? What causes that, and what modification would I make to prevent that?
I made two mistakes when sewing this shirt, and I want to record them so I don't repeat them when I make the next one.
1. I used interfacing that was too heavy. I debated between the lightweight and the slightly heavier, and I chose the sturdier one, thinking I wanted the collar to have a bit more structure. That would be fine for the collar, but the whole placket is interfaced and when I sit down, it wants to stay standing up. It isn't a huge problem, but it would be better if the placket were softer and more flexible.
*Note to self: always match the interfacing weight to the fabric weight.*